Just like their names implies, Smartphones are designed to make our lives easier. It is amazing what you can do with a smartphone- it can be used to check your emails, manage appointments, listen to music, stream live videos, keep track of the news, what you eat, where to eat, and your workouts etc. It is also famous for staying active on social media. There are many brands of smartphone out there and finding the right smartphone for you can be stressful, you don’t want to spend your hard earned money on a phone that will not suit your purpose. There are a lot of questions people ask when it comes to buying a smartphone, questions like which is the best, IPhone or Android? Which phone will serve me best when it comes to features and applications, how can I save more on data usage? Do I even need a smartphone right now? Smartphones are expensive that is why it is important that you take time and do some research. The purpose of this article however is to give you 4 tips that can help you to make the right choice and not feel stupid after buying a smartphone!
Tip #1 Do you really need a smartphone?
Isn’t that a silly question? you might ask. But the very first issue that must be settled is if you really need a smartphone. I will list a couple of facts you have to consider before you can answer the question above.
- Smartphones are expensive
- Coverage plans are expensive
- You could end up using more data than your coverage plan which will result in expensive overage charges.
- If you don’t go beyond your allocated data, you could end up paying for a data you didn’t use.
Tip #2 The Right Carrier
There are several cell phone companies with different plans and different levels of coverage and service. You must decide if you want to pay as you go or locked in a plan. Buying a plan can save you money, but that means you are stuck with the company for years. There might be no way of escape if you choose the wrong company. To find the best company:
- Check for which company has the best coverage
- Check for customer reviews
- Check for the best plan that will better suit your purpose.
- Compare prices and plans offered by carriers
Tip #3 Set A Budget
There are two costs involved the actual cost of the phone and price of the plan. Many phone companies do offer lots of promos and discounts, which mean your desired smartphone, may be cheaper. Your plan however may costs you more that the phone itself, that is why you should set a budget for yourself and make sure both costs are within your budget.
Tip# 4 Choose The Right OS (Operating System)
This is one of the most important decisions you have to make. There are 4 common OS Android, Microsoft Windows, RIM’s Blackberry OS. Each one of these OS has their strengths and weaknesses. So, depending on what you need the smartphone for, carefully select which OS will suit you best or you might regret it later.